Healthcare

When people think of healthcare, they may not realise how large and significant the discipline is. The healthcare team extends far beyond doctors and nurses and includes various specialists who can deliver healthcare in a variety of settings and for a range of conditions. Healthcare professionals all share the same personal qualities: empathy, good communicators, compassion and caring.

Healthcare is vital role in our society – at some point we all fall ill and this can greatly impact on us as individuals. Healthcare professionals are trusted members of society who the public can turn to, in some cases at the time of their greatest need. Being able to help people in such a way is said to be the greatest privilege to those working in the profession.

If you want to be a part of the team that delivers help to those who are ill and/or in need, then healthcare courses could be for you!

What will I Learn?

Students will initially learn the basic principles underpinning healthcare and then study their chosen field in more depth. You will learn in a mixture of university and real-life environments, shadowing professionals and working with patients whilst also attending lectures and sitting exams.

Careers

Most Healthcare students will take up careers in their chosen field and are employed by various Health Boards and both International and National Health Service Trusts. Some graduates have been employed by sports teams or organisations such as Age Concern and others have continued in academia to take up research posts.

Speech and Language Therapy

Can you imagine not being able to communicate properly to others? For some, this is a real issue that can affect everyday life. Some people can have problems producing and using speech, difficulty understanding language, or have a stammer or voice problem.

Two and a half million people in the UK have a speech or language difficulty, 5% of children enter school with difficulties in speech and language and 30% of stroke sufferers have an ongoing problem with speech. If you want to make a real difference to people’s lives, have excellent communication skills and a caring personality then Speech and Language Therapy could be for you!

What will I study?

Students will be equipped with the knowledge behind speech issues, such as the psychological factors that can underpin speech. You will also need to appreciate how we learn language normally and how this can be
compromised. The study of Speech and Language Therapy also includes examining the different conditions that can cause speech problems, such as Parkinson’s disease and how to best approach these ailments.

Careers

Typically, graduates will take on a speech therapist post, which provides the student with the experience in a range of different areas of the career. Later, therapists can decide which area they would like to specialise in, such as working as a child speech therapist or with people who have cleft paletes.

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Podiatry

Podiatry deals with the lower limb (lower leg and feet) and treats abnormalities that can occur. Podiatrists offer professional advice on the prevention of foot problems and on proper care of the foot. Podiatry issues affects the young and old alike and is a real concern for those who are at risk of amputation – for example, arthritis or diabetes sufferers.

What will I learn?

Students will first of all learn about the underlying causes of lower limb issues through the appreciation of normal structure and function of the limb. You will then be introduced to the different types of Podiatry
issues, various  ways to treat these conditions and the advice that should be offered to patients to avoid problems
developing. On top of this, you will also be trained on how to best communicate with patients and deliver their treatment options.

Careers

Podiatry has an excellent employment rate, and the course can lead to employment in hospitals, local GP clinics and in private healthcare clinics.

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Nursing

Nurses form the largest group of staff within the NHS and are a crucial part of the healthcare team. Virtually all areas of healthcare require nurses: from your local GP clinic to accident and emergency. Nurses help to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care, whilst working closely with patients and creating meaningful bonds on a daily basis.

If you want to make a difference to people’s lives, have excellent communication skills and a caring personality, then Nursing could be for you!

You can choose to specialise in either Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing or Mental Health Nursing. Adult nurses work both in hospitals and the community, delivering care to adults of all ages who are living with a wide range of health conditions. Whereas, children’s nurses work closely with children, adolescents and their families. The study of Mental Health Nursing is underpinned by philosophies of recovery and social inclusion whilst ensuring that dignity and integrity are maintained for an often stigmatised and vulnerable client group of all ages.

What will I study?

Students will be taught both theory and practical  to ensure that you have the knowledge behind the practical teaching. This includes information on a range of conditions and diseases that you could be working with, the legal and ethical frameworks that guide nursing care, the different treatment options and the way you will implement them. You will also be equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to meet any challenges with
professionalism, confidence and compassion. You will also spend time helping patients on wards, whilst supervised by qualified staff.

Careers

Normally nurses stay within the NHS and follow a set career path. In nursing there are different career routes, including adult nursing, child nursing, mental health nursing and more. On top of practicing their profession, qualified nurses can also take on managerial roles, as well as research and teaching. For further information:

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Midwifery

Midwifery is a specialist area of nursing that deals with delivering babies. It is a job in which you can really meet someone new everyday… literally! Midwives offer individual care to women and their families and help them with their care before, during and after pregnancy. Being part of such an extraordinary period can result in a very rewarding career.

If you are motivated and committed to the care of women throughout pregnancy and have a caring and compassionate personality, then Midwifery could be for you!

What will I study?

Students will learn through both academic teaching and practical experience, where you will observe professionals and then work with patients whilst being supervised. You will study the application of biological, behavioural and social sciences to midwifery theory and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide non-judgemental and anti-discriminatory care and service. At the end of your studies you will be a qualified and confident midwife.

Careers

Typically, midwives stay within the NHS and follow a set career path. On top of practicing their profession, some graduates take on managerial roles, or go into research and teaching.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is the use of activity to aid recuperation from physical or mental illnesses. Occupational therapists promote independent function in all aspects of daily life. They work with patients to ensure that therapy has been effective, and advise the patient to help them cope. Quality of life is one of the main focuses of healthcare professionals – it is not simply about treating the physical condition, but ensuring that a person is happy within themselves and are best able to carry out all aspects of their life to a high standard.

If you have a real interest in people, a friendly personality, patience and tact then Occupational Therapy could be for you!

What will I study?

Firstly, students will need to be educated in a range of conditions that they will be working with, focusing on the psychological and social aspects of these diseases. This includes the emotional impact of a chronic condition, and how they can affect simple tasks like getting dressed in the morning, something that you may be able to do with ease. You will also learn how to make appropriate assessments on treatments and develop communication skills so that you are can reach patients on an effective level.

Careers

Graduates are eligible to apply as professional practitioners and typically take up jobs in the NHS, although there are options to practice in other organisations. Some recent graduates have gone into teaching, managerial or research professions.

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Operating Department Practice

Operating Department Practice is a profession concerned with patients who undergo surgical operations. Operating department practitioners (ODPs) provide individualised care to patients outside of the operation. During the operation, ODPs are part of the team that ensure aseptic techniques are carried out, that infection risk is at a minimum and safety standards are met. After an operation, the practitioner assesses the patient to see if they are healthy enough,  monitor their vital signs and provide pain relief.

If you have a caring nature and enjoy the challenges of high-pressure situations then Operating Department Practice could be for you!

What will I study?

Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the academic and clinical areas needed to become qualified. This covers the basics such as infection risk in surgery, surgery procedure and effective ways of
delivering patient care.

As well as being an academic-based course, a lot of time is spent on placements where you will gain experience of what it will be like to practice, and also start developing your skills while supervised by a professional.

Careers

Graduates will be eligible to work as an ODP, and mainly will do so within the NHS. You may be based in the intensive care unit or operating, accident and emergency or maternity departments.

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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is the treatment of disease, injury or deformity by a variety of physical methods such as massage, heat treatment and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. Physiotherapists treat people of all ages and seek to maximise their patients’ movement potential.

Physiotherapists can help someone who has had a broken leg for a long period of time and can now start walking again. Or they can help to prevent muscle weakness in patients who have been in bed for too long, perhaps due to illness. Physiotherapists work in a variety of settings, treating patients with breathing difficulties, neurological problems, muscle and skeletal injury. Working as independent clinicians, physiotherapists are important members of all healthcare teams and need to motivate, teach, reassure, and empathise.

What will I study?

Students are provided with the knowledge of anatomy and physiology that will be important in their career. You will also be educated in the basis of illness and how this can affect a person. Learning whilst on placements is a vital part of the course as you will gain knowledge of working in a variety of of physiotherapy settings, gain hands-on experience and learn to take an evaluative and problem-solving approach to physiotherapy.

Careers

Most physiotherapists will work within the NHS on various wards, and will have the opportunity to specialise in various areas. Other options include sports physiotherapy, working for private organisations such as
charities, or teaching and research posts.

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Radiography

Diagnostic radiographers are key members of the healthcare team. They operate the wide range of imaging equipment available in modern medical practice, including X-ray machines and ultrasound machines (which can
be used to visualise babies in the womb!)

The course is designed to integrate academic and clinical education so that upon completion, students will be able to analyse, evaluate and innovate in the clinical setting and provide the best patient care.

If you have a caring and compassionate nature, are confident handling sophisticated technology and are able to work safely, quickly and accurately then Radiography may be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will be provided with the broad knowledge of the different diseases that they will work with. You will gain knowledge of physiology and anatomy so that you have the basis to understand test results. Practically, you will be taught how to use various types of equipment and how best to read results of the tests, ensuring the  highest-level of care is delivered to patients.

Careers

Radiographers are key members of the healthcare teams and mainly work in the NHS, which employs around 90% of all radiographers. There is also the option to go into private care as an alternative.

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Radiotherapy

Radiotherapists are part of the healthcare team, alongside doctors and nurses who treat patients with cancer. Radiotherapy is the use of X-rays and other forms of energy that can provide therapeutic effects to those
affected with cancer.

The idea of radiotherapy is to deliver an accurate amount of beams to the area of cancer, hopefully killing the cells that are causing the illness. Radiotherapists use their specialist knowledge to ensure that the treatment given to patients is not harmful, while also having the best possible effect on treating the cancer.

If you have a caring and compassionate nature, are confident handling sophisticated technology and are able to work safely, quickly and accurately then Radiotherapy may be for you!

What will I learn?

As a student, you will gain knowledge of disease and treatment, and the potential impact either may have on a person’s health. You will also learn to appreciate the physics behind the procedure and the theories
behind radiotherapy.

On placements, students will help deliver care while supervised by qualified members of staff, allowing you to learn how to operate machinery and decide on the delivery of care.

Careers

Overall, 90% of professionals go on to work in the NHS, whereas others may undertake research or teaching posts or work in the private healthcare system.

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